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TS Isaac could become hurricane as it heads toward eastern Caribbean

Published:Sunday | September 9, 2018 | 1:32 PM

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Tropical Storm Isaac is churning towards the Windward Islands amid a forecast that it could become a hurricane before the end of the day.

The Miami-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said that the storm, which was located 1, 470 miles east of the Windward Islands – Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines – was strengthening as it made its way over the Eastern tropical Atlantic.

Isaac has maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour (mph) and is moving toward the west near nine mph. It is expected to accelerate during the next 36 hours.

“A westward motion is forecast to continue through the end of the week, with Isaac expected to move across the Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean Sea on Thursday,” the NHC said.

It said maximum sustained winds have increased to near 65 mph (with higher gusts) and that additional strengthening is forecast.

“Isaac is expected to become a hurricane later today or tonight,” the NHC said, noting however that weakening is anticipated to begin by the middle of the week.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the centre.

The passage of Tropical Storm Isaac comes as several Caribbean countries, notably Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands are observing the first anniversary of the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria that caused widespread destruction and killed several people as they made their way through the Lesser Antilles.

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